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Report: Philadelphia signs Francisco Elson

Jan 27, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT


The 76ers are in need of some depth on the front line. Spencer Hawes (Achilles) and Nikola Vucevic (thigh) are out injured leaving them thin.

So enter Francisco Elson, who has signed with the team according to HoopsHype. Elson, 35, has eight years in the NBA and spent last season with the Utah Jazz. He’s a 7-foot center out of the Netherlands via California (played his college ball in Berkley).

Elson and Dan Gadzuric worked out for the team this week. You’re not going to see a lot of Elson and he likely gets let go when Hawes and Vucevic return, but for now it looks like he is on the team.

  1. areyesrn - Jan 27, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    they need ANY big body

  2. sasquash20 - Jan 27, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Hawes is solid when he plays but that doesn’t happen enough. We need a big bad. Go after D.Howard! If he gets traded to Philly he would so realize that we have a good young TEAM, that plays TEAM basketball.

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 28, 2012 at 3:24 AM

      Yeah, but that good, young team would be shredded to pieces just to acquire him.

  3. westwoodwarrior8 - Jan 27, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    @sasquash20 Yea, but they’d have to give up alot of that “young team” to get him. either way i don’t see him ending up in Philly, he’s already stated the teams he wants to be traded to.

    • sasquash20 - Jan 27, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      Hawes, Iggy and 2 1st rd picks for Howard. That is better then Bynum rumor and better then the B.Lopez rumor. My feeling is this- He gets traded to Philly and starts tearing it up and realizes just how good a team he is on. He says there young, talented, they hustle, and there well coached. Throw on top of that he would own one of the largest markets in the country. Then he resigns and leads the Sixers to multiple championships over the next 5 years.

      • sasquash20 - Jan 27, 2012 at 4:07 PM

        I may just be a dreaming Sixers nut case but if Howard actually looked at this team in Philly he would be foolish not to have them on his list. J.Holiday is going to be a stud PG, he is only 21 right now. E.Turner is on his way to having a much better 2nd year then his rookie year, and its because he worked his tail off in the off season. Oh and hes only 24. T.Young is also 24 and could replace Iggy at the 3, that is a solid replacement on both sides of the ball. Brand is old but you could amnesty him next season and maybe go after a young 4 who can play both ways. L.Williams is a solid scorer off the bench and is only 25. J.Meeks can come off the bench and shoot, and he is only 24. Howard are you reading this come to Philly please.

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